I expect to buy a new Anschutz within the next week or so, but I'm conflicted as to which model, and "buy both" isn't a valid option. Here's the issue as it stands:
It will be a 22 Magnum; right now I'm not interested in 22 LR or 17 HMR.
It will be either a 1516D KL MC or a 1720D KL MC, both Monte Carlo stock types with sights.
Both will be suitably (or even "exactly" as) accurate, in my hands; I'm not sufficiently expert to wring out of the 54 action the extra goodness within.
The dollar difference between the two is not an issue.
The weight difference between the two is an issue.
Both models "feel" fine to me, with the 1720 having a better feel.
Both "look" okay to me, with the 64 being a "just barely" in this category.
Most of my shooting will be at 100 yards at the range, usually while waiting for my centerfire barrels to cool.
Hunting live game will be present, but limited; largest animals would/might be woodchucks out to 100 yards or coyotes to 50 yards, should they take up residence in my neighborhood.
So it comes down to the difference in weight. I understand from a recent thread that the 1720 weighs right at seven pounds, compared to five-and-a-half for the 1516. I know from toting my M70 Classic "Featherweight" (right...) through the low Virginia hills that seven pounds plus scope is right on the outskirts of acceptable for me; another half pound pushes it right over the edge to "unacceptable." I'd have to mount a receiver sight instead of a scope for squirrels.
So, you folks who own either - I need some more facts to break the logjam my decision process has become. What issues am I missing?